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American Airlines Passenger Duct-Taped To Seat After Assaulting Crew, Attempting To Open Door Mid-Flight

The New York Post reports: An apparently unhinged woman was duct-taped to an airplane seat last week after she allegedly attacked the flight crew and tried to open the door of the aircraft in midflight. Video posted on social media showed the gray-haired woman with silver duct tape over her mouth, and her arms and body seemingly taped to the …

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FAA Hits Nine Unruly Passengers With Massive Fines

Via press release: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a new public service announcement and levied $119,000 in civil penalties against passengers for alleged violations of federal regulations as part of its Zero Tolerance efforts against unruly behavior. As part of the FAA’s Zero Tolerance campaign, the web video features children explaining how to behave on …

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737 Cargo Plane Crashes Off Hawaii, Crew Rescued

Honolulu’s CBS News affiliate reports: A cargo plane crashed off Hawaii on Friday morning with two people on board. The state Department of Transportation confirmed the crash happened 2 miles off the coast near Kalaeloa Airport. According to CNBC, both crew members were rescued after making a belly landing in the ocean after attempting to return to the airport due …

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Man In Cockpit Breach Bid: “I Smoked A Lot Of Meth”

The Daily Beast reports: A man who panicked on a moving plane at LAX, charged to the cockpit, then broke his leg after leaping out of an emergency exit told cops that he’d smoked “a lot” of crystal meth in the days leading up the incident. Court documents allege that Luis Antonio Victoria Dominguez, 33, leaned over to the passenger …

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Man Tries To Breach Cockpit, Opens Emergency Slide

NBC News reports: A man tried to breach the cockpit of a United Express flight Friday night and after being unsuccessful, he opened the cabin door and fled the aircraft via the emergency slide at LAX, according to officials. In a statement from SkyWest, they confirmed that no one onboard the aircraft was injured, and that the aircraft was able …

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United CEO Warns Of Looming Pilot Shortage [VIDEO]

Axios reports: United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby tells “Axios on HBO” that America could be headed toward a pilot shortage, because “the military produces far fewer pilots today than they did in the Cold War era.” Why it matters: The U.S. travel industry is roaring back, with leisure air travel exceeding pre-pandemic levels, and now must protect itself from future …

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Staffing Crunch Forces Hundreds Of Canceled Flights

CNBC reports: American Airlines said it canceled hundreds of flights this weekend due to staffing shortages, maintenance and other issues, challenges facing the carrier as travel demand surges toward pre-pandemic levels. Delta Air Lines canceled more than 300 flights last Thanksgiving weekend and scores of others during Christmas during a pilot shortage. The weekend’s disruptions, reported earlier by the View …

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Airlines And Banks See Web Outage In Network Failure

CNN Business reports: Airlines, banks, stock exchanges and trading platforms suffered website outages early Thursday after a key piece of internet infrastructure failed, sparking the second major interruption of the past 10 days. The outages come just over a week after countless websites and apps around the world went down for about an hour when Fastly, another major content delivery …

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Delta Flight Diverted After Crew Calls For “Strong Men” To Help Restrain Passenger Wearing Helmet [VIDEO]

The Independent reports: Witnesses have described the terrifying moment crew asked for ‘strong men’ to help subdue a passenger who tried to open a door on a Delta flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta. An eyewitness said on Twitter that passenger grabbed the public address system in the front galley and made an announcement telling others to take their seats …

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Delta Passenger Attempts To Breach Cockpit [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: The FBI responded Friday after a Delta flight from Los Angeles to Nashville was diverted to Albuquerque after a passenger approached the cabin in a way that forced flight attendants to act. Delta said Flight 386 landed in Albuquerque without incident and the passenger was removed by law enforcement. According to Delta, the crew and passengers of …

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Qantas Airways Offers “Mega Prizes” In Vaccine Push

Australia’s Today Show reports: Qantas CEO Alan Joyce [photo] is calling for more Australian companies to come forward with perks and incentives encouraging the public to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The airline’s vaccine incentive program, which launches in July, will offer several deals including unlimited travel for a year for 10 lucky families. “We are looking at giving 1000 points …

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Pilot Sentenced For “Completing Lewd Act” During Flight

The Associated Press reports: A retired Southwest Airlines pilot was sentenced to probation Friday after pleading guilty to exposing his genitals to a female first officer and watching pornography on a laptop during a flight from Philadelphia to Florida last year. Michael Haak, 60, apologized and expressed remorse for his actions before U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Mark Coulson sentenced him …

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Violence Spurs Southwest To Continue Halt On Booze

USA Today reports: Southwest Airlines has ditched its plans to resume alcohol sales in June and July given a spike in in-flight incidents, including a an altercation between a flight attendant and passenger that sent the flight attendant to the hospital Sunday. “Given the recent uptick in industry-wide incidents of passenger disruptions in-flight, we have made the decision to pause …

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Dems To Airlines: Extend Expiring Flight Vouchers

The Points Guy reports: U.S. airline customers are sitting on more than 20 million expiring airline vouchers and flight credits worth more than a combined $10 billion. Now, two U.S. senators are demanding that airlines waive those expiration dates for all credits issued during the pandemic. Sens. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) co-signed a letter to each of …

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Flight Attendants Union: Extend Face Masks Mandate

USA Today reports: With several states lifting mask mandates and COVID-19 vaccination rates on the rise, travelers are starting to ask when they will be able to fly without wearing a mask. It shouldn’t be anytime soon, flight attendants say. The federal mask mandate on planes and in airports, signed by President Joe Biden in January and due to expire …

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Feds Say Pilot “Completed Lewd Act” During Flight

Washington DC’s NBC News affiliate reports: Multiple federal law enforcement officials and sources confirm a former Southwest Airlines pilot is being charged with committing a “lewd” indecent act mid-flight from Philadelphia to Orlando in August. A court filing obtained by the News4 I-Team said Michael Haak “intentionally committed an act of lewd, indecent and obscene exposure of his genitals in …

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Airlines Hail CDC Guidance On Travel For Vaccinated

The Hill reports: Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are welcoming new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that says fully vaccinated people can safely travel. “More customers than ever during the pandemic are showing us they’re ready to get back out and reconnect with the world—and we’re ready to help them reclaim their lives safely,” …

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American Airlines Cancels Furloughs For 13K Workers

Yahoo News reports: American Airlines is “happily” canceling over 10,000 furloughs as Congress’ new COVID-19 relief bill heads to President Biden’s desk. American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom told employees on Wednesday that after Congress passed the new $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that includes more funding for the Payroll Support Program, it will be canceling 13,000 …

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DOJ: United To Pay $49 Million In USPS Fraud Case

Via press release from the Justice Department: United Airlines Inc. (United), the world’s third largest airline, has agreed to pay over $49 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims relating to fraud on postal service contracts for transportation of international mail. United entered into a non-prosecution agreement (NPA) with the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and agreed to pay $17,271,415 …

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FAA Grounds Regional Carrier For Overdue Inspections

CNN Business reports: PSA Airlines, one of American Airlines’ largest operators of regional flights, has been “temporarily grounded” by the Federal Aviation Administration for an inspection issue on nearly all of its planes, according to an internal email obtained by CNN. American Airlines tells CNN that 230 of its flights operated by PSA Airlines have been canceled so far, leaving …

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